In this page are listed the Winners of the Biennial International Prize "Marche d'Acqua" Fabriano Watercolour since its first edition held in 2010

Atanas Matsoureff is a realistic watercolor artist, but also works in stylistics and magical realism. He was born in 1975 in the town of Bansko, graduating from a high school with a woodcarving profile, though, or perhaps because he has no academic education today, he is one of the greatest talents in watercolors worldwide. His works are present in all modern watercolors catalogs. Winner of prestigious awards in Bulgaria and abroad, and his creative biography is rich and varied. It is difficult to count his participation in exhibitions, and “Drawings” will be the 16th individual exhibition for the artist. Another recognition for Atanas Matsoureff is his nomination by Scottish aqua artist Angus McEwan to participate in the Fabriano Biennale in Italy, where his watercolour won the 1°prize and his solo exhibition will be on show at the Museo della Carta e della Filigrana during next Biennial International Prize “Fabriano Watercolour 2020”. The world’s leading handmade brush maker, Rosemary & Co, puts two sets of brushes in the name of Atanas Matsoureff. Illustrator of 2 books in Canada, and his paintings are owned by private collections and galleries in Bulgaria, Spain, Turkey, Great Britain, Greece, Holland, Belgium, Canada, Norway, France, Hungary, Italy, China, Russia, Germany USA. As of today, Atanas Matsoureff lives and works in Sofia, but he also leads master classes in Europe, Asia and Russia.

In a blue dress




Stanislaw Zoladz was born in 1952 in Poland, and has studied at Kraków Academy of Fine Arts. Since 1978 he lives and works in Sweden. To find motifs for his paintings, Stanislaw is always on the hunt for exiting light settings. In the summer he paints where growth gives way to rocks by the water in Stockholm's archipelago. Nature is a predominant theme in his works of art. But quite often an abandoned tractor, or a red cottage by the horizon, also remind us of human presence. Every year Stanislaw travels to exciting places to paint. Some places where he has found inspiration include Italy, Gambia, The West Indies, Lofoten in Norway, Morocco, Spain, Åland and Finland. While new places can be inspiring, so can dear old ones, which you know like the back of your pocket. In Simpnäs and Arholma in the Roslagen Archipelago, outside of Stockholm, are Stanislaw's favourite spots to paint. There, he returns to same motifs over and over again, finding them new each time light and weather sets a little bit differently on them. If Stanislaws paintings have one thing in common, then it is his impression of light.

Morning breeze

Stanislaw ZOLADZ



Born in Vicenza in 1982. Painter and thinker, convinced that art is the means to combat all the ills of the world. His weapon is his brush, his palette, bright and sensitive, makes his fantasies and visions harmonic Gabriele Brucceri graduates with honors at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna. He lived in Barcelona, ​​Rio de Janeiro and Milan, then decided to return to his hometown where he continues to paint. Eclectic in all the visual arts is the winner of the International Fabriano Watercolor Award 2014. There are numerous international and national exhibitions including the most recent ones: THE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION WATERCOLOR MASTERS - Exhibition Center of Saint Petersburg Union of Artists. Russia, Saint Petersburg - February 2018. - FRAGMENTS OF THE MEMORY - Italian Institute of Culture in Lisbon - Personal Exposition - Lisbon - from 28 March to 28 April 2017. - FUTURE LANDSCAPE - Deutsche Bank, Spazio Gioia - Milan - December 2016 / March 2017 - SOLO SHOW - Toscolano Maderno Paper Museum - Valley of the paper mills - Personal exhibition - Toscolano Maderno - from September 17th to October 30th 2016.

Frammenti del ricordo




Angus McEwan was born in 1963 in Dundee, Scotland. Angus studied at the Duncan of Jordanstone College Art in Dundee, graduating in Fine Art and a Post Graduate Diploma in the same discipline. Angus was elected to the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolours (1995) and in 2012 the Royal Watercolour Society. In 2005 he was recognized as an Associate of the International Guild of Realism USA. Angus has been Finalist three times of the "International Artist Magazine" and won first place in the John Blockley Prize in the RI open exhibition. Angus has also won second prize in the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition (2007) in London and the International Prize "Marche d'Acqua" Fabriano, Italy in 2012. In 2013 Angus won Bronze Award, at the Shenzhen International Watercolour Biennial, in China. Different galleries display McEwan’s works, including Ok Harris Gallery in New York and Quanhua Gallery, Shanghai. Recently highlighted in Shenzhen Biennale and the Qingdao Hall of Watercolor. He has exhibited in Fabriano, Italy in the "Marche d'Acqua" International Award, as special guest and Vicenza, Italy, where he had a solo show in the "Artbox". McEwan was one of the 23 finalists in Narbonne, France at the Concours Mondial de l'Aquarelle 2014 1st World Watercolour Competition. Angus also exhibited at the World Watermedia Exposition, Thailand and Myro Gallery, Greece. He also participated in the Second International Watercolour Exhibit in Thessaloniki, Greece. Angus' work is in many private collections throughout the United Kingdom, Norway, Netherlands, Australia, Turkey, Italy, China and North America. He has had 23 solo exhibitions, numerous collective shows and has won 23 awards of different types. He has also held watercolour workshops and demonstrations in Fabriano, Vicenza, Bologna and Moscow in the past years.

Taking the Strain II

Angus McEWAN



Oliver Vernon was born in New York in 1972. He received his BFA from Parsons School of Design in 1995, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn. He has exhibited his work in cities all across the United States including New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, San Diego, and Chicago, and has also shown in London and Toronto. His work is part of numerous collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Visually, Brooklyn based artist Oliver Vernon’s paintings draw upon an incredibly varied pool of influences, from abstract expressionism, to post pop surrealism and the polished finish of figurative realism. Formally, his work is about the deconstruction, and hence the necessary reconstruction of visual space. From this central dichotomy stems many others: logic/illogic, physical/metaphysical, imprisonment/liberation. His paintings come to us, perhaps, as detailed snapshots of the few primordial milliseconds when the blueprint of the universe was being sculpted from the final throes of chaos. In this sense, anything goes. Each painting has it’s own set of rules, or rather the rules are being bent, broken and ultimately formed within each painting. Color, form, energy, architecture, good, evil, flesh and machine are lurking, never as physical entities, but as transient archetypes searching out their final places within the framework of the cosmos. Apart from this macro view, Oliver’s work can be seen at the micro level as well. We can view his paintings as representations of how the mind is formed from a foundation of thought, reason, and aesthetics, and how these entities are simultaneously at odds and interconnected.

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